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setting up carnival rides. he will be missed by our community. by his partners and playland >> supervisor connie. colleagues. good afternoon. i areceive today to ask that we close our session in the memory of three san franciscans. the first is a gentleman named elliott wayne davis. born november 12, 1977. he is the loving son of gloria lucas davis and paul e. davis. he had a very untimely death. a nice young man that was also a friend of my extended family. i also would like to acknowledge martha louise coffer, who dedicated her life to working for u.s. -- usfs. it is with sadness that i acknowledge of death of joe
johnson, who was a san bruno avenue business owner and who will definitely be missed. he ran -- he owned and operated johnson's barbecue, which is on san bruno avenue. just like to take a moment to acknowledge their life, thank you. >> thank you, supervisor connie. supervisor farrell. >> thank you, madam clerk. first of all, as everyone knows, one the issues that has percolated as a result of the tenderloin debate is the issue of how we tax stock options here in san francisco. three weeks ago i asked our budget analysts to complete an analysis of how san francisco stacks up against other technology centers throughout the united states. and to take a look at how companies are taxed and what other incentives these areas offer to attract technology and other companies to their areas. i will share that with you guys. i just got a copy the other day. there are many interesting
takeaways and ideas, but it makes one point very class cal clear -- san francisco is the only city, not just in california, but in the united states, which taxes stock options. so why is this important? it's obviously plain and simply the way technology companies operate and as someone who worked in the field for years, believe me, it's a central part of how they retain and attract new employees. and unfortunately, thanks to what became the twitter debate, everyone now knows that we're the only city -- and, again, the only city in the u.s. that does this. it's not a minor tax or just a little issue. this is a major problem. twitter estimated that their first-year tax burden would be over $50 million. this is really real and really serious to our technology community here in san francisco. yesterday we held our first meeting of the technology council that mayor lee convened here in staal and that i atebbed
-- in city hall, that i attended at different times with supervisor chiu and supervisor mirkarimi. we hope there will be a long-term dialogue with our technology leaders here in san francisco. one point resonated loud and clear to me. despite their commitment to san francisco and strong desire to both live and work here and locate their companies here, they won't and simply cannot continue to operate in san francisco with this tax. and it's not a veiled threat, i do think it's a reality. we have to look at the problem, in my opinion in, two ways. one, we have to try to get a gratp on how much -- grasp on how much revenue we collect on this tax, and that is difficult balls of the way we've reported payroll -- because of the way we've reported payroll tax in the past. i know we're in the middle of a budget deficit and this is not a fun topic. but the hard truth of the matter is if we don't correct the issue, companies, and most importantly the jobs they provide for san franciscans and the taxes that they poor into
our city will leave. young companies won't choose to locate here anymore, and i know investors will not fund companies to be based here in san francisco. and a word of caution -- i think we can't view this as a tax break or a corporate giveaway, because that assumes that the status quo works and is acceptable. but the bottom line is, it's not working. san francisco is a complete outlier on the issue and it needs to be corrected. as i mentioned the other week, i know supervisor mirkarimi introduced a moratorium, which, in my opinion, is the wrong approach. it kick the can down the road for two years. in six months, 1 months, 18 months, we're going to be faced with the same issue, the same dialogue we're having today. right now we have an opportunity to create a long-term solution for our city, and that's what i think we should be doing here in city hall. today i'm introducing legislation that would permanently end our city's policy of taxing stock-based compensation.
we have a chance in san francisco, as we heard loud and clear yesterday, to be the global center of technology and innovation for the long-term future in san francisco and the hub of the most promising internet, social media and other technology companies. the debate, i think, is pretty simple -- either we continue what we're doing and watch the exodus of jobs or we plan for the long-term future of our city. and i believe that's what we should be doing and i ask for your support in doing so. i want to thank mayor lee for his continued leadership in the issue. the mayor has been a driving force behind our technology council, and we had a great conversation this morning around this issue. and also to my colleagues, in particular, president chiu and supervisor mirkarimi, who have taken an active role and my other colleagues. i look forward to working hard and quickly to get this into law as soon as possible. secondly, i do have a personal in memoriam and i'd like to
adjourn today's meeting in memory of a dear friend, ann merrill. she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last week. was an active parishioner at st. vincent depaul's catholic church, where she was a lecter and a eucharistic minister. she was a graduate of columbia and the school of nursing in mount vernon, new york, and worked as a registered nurse for over 40 years, including the sutter visiting nurses association and the irwin memorial blood bank. i know she'll be sorely missed by her friends and family and those she served in the st. vincent depaul community. she is survived by her husband, her son and her daughter. on a personal note, i have known ann almost my entire life. my family has known her and her family. i grew up with her children, chris and diedre, who were, you
know, unabashed supporters during my campaign last year. simply a great family and a true stalwart of our community in district two and st. vincent depaul parish. on a very personal level we will miss her, my family will miss her and i ask that we adjourn today's meeting in honor of her. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor farrell. supervisor kim. >> thank you. colleagues, today i am making a request for a hearing today on how the city managed the placement and relocation of our homeless individuals that were living in and around transbay terminal. many of you may have been read building this in the press, but as we all know, transbay terminal is currently undergoing major construction in the downtown financial district area. last august the city leaders made a commitment to provide assistance and housing for 100 homeless people that live in and around transbay terminal, and i just wanted to make a request to see how this process has been going and what some of the
outcomes are. there have, unfortunately, been some very mixed reporting in the media in terms of what actually happened, how many individuals were served and how the process has gone. i have reached out to human services agency already and am requesting a report at a hearing to see how many people were placed in housing, the outreach process, where individuals were placed and what kind of support services were offered. as we continue to move forward with this major project, it will bring many benefits to the city of san francisco of the it's important for our office to see how the city of san francisco also treats really our long-term residential population that has been living in that area for many, many years. second, i did not report out on this last week. i apologize for that. our meeting was very long and i didn't want to extend it. two weeks ago there was a three-alarm fire in district six in the tenderloin at 217 eddie.
fortunately and unfortunately, the property is run by one of our nonprofit agencies, tenderloin housing development corporation. approximately 105 units, 125 residents, were all displaced that night at roughly about 9:00 p.m. our office was there as well, along with the san francisco fire department and h.s.a. and red cross and really just wanted to commend -- it was the first time i was out for a large fire. it was amazing to see how the city works together to really provide emergency services to our seniors, our disabled and our families and youth. we were very fortunate in this case that tndc was the landlord. their staff came in late at night, pulled out the roster of tenants, were able to identify which tenants would need housing immediately, what special needs they had, what medication was needed to be provided. last minute they were able to put up two shelters. the following day at 6:00 in the morning, along with red cross,
they were able to start aggressively housing their highest need tenants in vacant units that they owned around the tenderloin, keeping them in the community. really wanted to thank h.s.a., red cross, tndc and the san francisco fire department for all your work on this. in addition, this is also the ain office for tndc and also has one of their child care centers and many people reached out and offered their recreation space for the youth to come in, including captain garrity for tender loin station, had offered his rec center to the kids there as well. so really, it was a community effort. many people have come together. many folks have started to become housed. unfortunately, many will not be able to move back into the building for an unforeseen number of months and our office will continue to monitor this. thank you, and the rest i submit. >> thank you, supervisor kim. president chiu. >> thank you, colleagues. i have a number of items.
but i first want to say a few words to follow supervisor farrell's comments about stock options. i have had, in the last couple of months, a lot of meetings with different tech leaders, and like supervisor mirkarimi and supervisor farrell and our mayor, i'm equally committed to working as quickly as we can to solving the dilemma and the situation involving stock options. i have asked our city economists and our controller to gather some data and provide some analysis that will entail work that will hopefully be done in the next week or so and from which i intend to offer some legislative proposals from that. it is my intent and hope that all of the various ideas in this area, which i think are not very par apart, will be able to move through the legislative process together and hopefully we'll be able to come to good consensus to ensure that despite the fact that at this time we may be the one city and country that currently taxes stock options. hopefully soon we will address the situation in a way that both
balings our current needs for -- balances our current needs for revenues as well as insures that we incent the economic growth that we want to see happen here in san francisco. i have a couple of items today, colleagues. first of all, i'm introducing a resolution to ask for our city support on a new health care initiative that will help to transform medical care in our city. anyone who has moved doctors knows how difficult it is to transfer medical records and personal health information. today the exchange of chincal information is extremely variable -- clinical information is extremely varle and is based on faxes, u.s. mail and physical messenger. oftentimes information can get lost, can become incomplete or can be illegible. until recently the idea of a unified patient record was simply an idea. but with federal stimulus funds in recent years, that dream is now becoming a reality.
there have been many jurisdictions around the country that have launched a health information exchange, and colleagues, i have a resolution to ask for your support in doing the same here in san francisco. there has recently been a committee that has gathered all of the various health care and medical organizations in san francisco to achieve that, and i think this is something that the city and county of san francisco needs to participate in. i also have a hearing request of the m.t.a. with regards to the latest climate action plan. in 2011 proposition a passed, which required our m.t.a. to submit a climate action plan to the board of supervisors every two years. that was in 2007. the last plan was submitted in 2009 and i expect a two-year update just in time for earth day. i understand that the plan will detail the various programs and relationships with other city departments designed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in transportation and with regards to our m.t.a. operations.
about half of our greenhouse gas emissions comes from transportation, so it's important that we look at this as we figure out, as a city, how to combat global warming. i'm also introducing and accept and expend -- typically i do not mention the subject matters of various accept and expends that i introduce, but i'm very excited about a grant that we're receiving to move forward. the fisherman's wharf public realm plan as we plan to host the america's cup in 2013. fisherman's wharf will be one the most popular places to visit and experience the race. for the last few years the planning department and many stakeholders in the fisherman's wharf area have been working together on a new design for jefferson street, a design that will really be incrediblebly attractive for residents, for merchants, pedestrians, cyclists, for the entire experience and i'm introducing a resolution to accept a grant to
really advance that jefferson street re-design. i do have one in memoriam, and this is a very personal in memoriam for a good friend named ben golfin, who's an affordable housing developer here for his son, who is a teenager. this past sunday there were hundreds of friends of eli who gathered together to celebrate his all-too-short life and to share stories about the ways in which this very sweet teenager, with an incredible sense of humor and a fundamental goodness, touched the lives of hundreds of people around him. i want to mention that eli took his own life. and let me read a little bit from his father, who wished there to be a little bit of a public statement on this. for us as his family, honoring eli publicly at this sad moment is to honor all of the city's teens who, at this particularly vulnerable time in their lives, run the risk of losing track of how deeply they are loved by their families and their
community and of taking an impulsive step in the wrong direction. we want to have eli's memory honor all of our city's teens who lose track of the depth of the love that the world holds for them, if only for a moment." the rest i will submit. >> thank you, president chiu. seeing no other names on the roster -- supervisor wiener. >> thank you, madam clerk. so whereas the good samaritan ordinance that we passed today was a kumbaya moment between landlords and tenants, unfortunately at the municipal transportation agency when it comes to collective bargaining, it's not so cume buyia. i was very disappointed to hear yesterday that transit workers union is going to be taking a strike authorization vote, i believe, later this week. this past november the voters
overwhelmingly passed proposition g that requires the m.t.a., for the first time in decades, to engage in collective bargaining. this is a unique opportunity to reform muni, to reform the way it works, to reform its work rules, to make it serve the people of san francisco. it's also an opportunity in this horrific budget year for the m.t.a. to be able to save some money and to be more efficient. and pretty much every other union for the city has been giving back and giving back and giving back again, the t.w.u. has not. and now, in the middle of collective bargaining, t.w.u. is threatening to strike. that is just a terrible move, and i hope that members of the union will reject this -- will reject this effort.
this will set back reform at muni. it will set back the collective bargaining process and the agency and it will not allow us to move in the direction that we need to move in san francisco in terms of providing quality transportation. it is incredibly tone-deaf and i just wanted to express my profound disappointment for having heard this. thank you. >> thank you, supervisor wiener. seeing no other names on the roster, that concludes roll call for introductions. >> thank you, madam clerk. let's move to general public comment. >> the next item on the agenda is the opportunity for the public to address the board for two minutes on items within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board, including items on the adoption without reference to committee portion of the agenda and including items which have been considered by a board committee. speakers using translation assistance will be allowed twice the amount of time. if a member of the public would like a document to be displayed on the overhead projector, please clearly state such and remove the document when the
the three issues i want to talk with you about is a village issue happened in my back home country, as you see here. thank god this was on the internet yesterday, show me and every one of us none, none of us going to be above the law. the director, mubarak, he been in hospital and now they want to move him to the jail. he and his two children, there is corruption. they take our money. $90 billion they have been stealing from us, from our country, from our people. not only that, they also kill
innocent people. 800. not 300 like the egyptians. it's 800 people killed, innocent. the second issue, 10 days from today i wish that can be involved with me and many of us to be. happy for your younger man, his name is william. prince william is going to marry on the 29 of this month. i wish him good luck. the third one and the issue i wish that mr. donald trump shuts his mouth and he can go behind the woman who wants to be our california governor. [chime] thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> surely today there could be
three minutes. stop the corporate rape of the public library. don't give money to friends and foundation. don't accept money from the friends and foundation. we need to acknowledge that yesterday, april 18, was san francisco disaster day. it is the 105th anniversary of the great earthquake and fire and the 15th anniversary of the public private partnership's new mine library. no matter how much of a disaster the new library was to the public, it was a success for the private partners who ended up with millions of dollars in private money and all of the problems will be fixed with public funds were not fixed at all. the difference is that there will be another major earthquake, but there does not have to be another cherished public institution ruined by a public-private partnership. of the book dumping scandal, even state librarian emeritus kevin starr said, "san francisco public library should divest it is toward a collection that was
moving towards 100 years old, to disestablish it without any public mandate or public discussion is shocking. the post-occupancy evaluation said the building had been developed without regard to those who would run it and would take $26 million to fix. even willie brown, maybe willie brown, said that library was a very sad story. the new main library is the poster child for everything that is wrong with abandoning public responsibility for public-private partnerships. what we got was wasteful, dysfunctional, ugly and too expensive to run. in short, the classic white elephant. people ask, why did the private corporation interests want to destroy the library? but, of course, they wanted to make sure that nothing stood in the way of private money. yet, there is no accountability because everyone knows what will happen. no matter how much harm is done, no one wants to examine the proposition that privatization is not the best social model and the law costs more than the
money. [chime] >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you. good luck to the special olympics and all 42 gold medals i won in the special olympics. glad to have done that for the state of california, the united states and the world. and good luck to them. and -- ♪ you're elected ♪ you're elected ♪ good luck to you today ♪ smile to the newly named sf gov tv and the crew there. ♪ they do a good job. thank you there today. ♪ smile to the new sf gov tv and tv 2. ♪ ♪ the mouth died in your city arms tonight it didn't get a chance to bite ♪ it was over 100 years all
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man ♪ [chime] >> next speaker. >> [it's a true story about happiness, success, whether or not they're the same or not. the first time i was in the shelter in eugene, oregon, which, by the way, feeds rotten meat to people still to this day, i'm in the line and i wasn't really depressed about being there or anything. but this guy ahead of me could tell it was my first time in the line. and he turns around and he says, this is your first time in the shelter? i says, well, yeah. he said, i remember the first time i went on a shelter. i was really feeling down because it's the lowest point i had ever been at. here i was in a shelter looking for food and shelter. he said he saw this guy up ahead of him and the guy only had one shoe on.
so he stopped feeling sorry about himself and he couldn't help it. he finally tapped the guy on the shoulder and asked him, he said, what happened? did you lose a shoe? and the guy turned around. he had a big smile on his face and said, no, i found one. he's one of the happiest guys you could ever meet. because he found himself a shoe. all right. anyway, you know what i'm saying, i think i'm the child that fell out of the sky in this alien ship. i was frozen, they brought me back to life, put me in a sheep. anyway, that's the story there. there's two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the path. the saginaw indians have the same story, like the bible does, about more earthquakes happening and when the end time is coming. and there's compassion, there's love, there's life, there's death, there's lies, there's greed. your politicians, your shepherds, are the ones that feed the people, not the ones that feed themselves in fancy
clothes. have a nice day. >> thank you. next speaker. [no audio] >> my name is eugene gordon junior. out of context from book tracing martin borman, printed in the republic, 1966 in germany, tush lentz 1920's, not reassuring for world masters and presidents of berlin banks, communist party gaining strength. adolf hitler spoke to audience of rural industrialists packed between rural monopolies and nazi hirings, determined further political development